Rogers & Sprint to Launch Wireless Internet Service for Vehicles

Rogers Communications and Sprint plan to offer Canadians high-speed Internet access in their vehicles.

The service will employ Rogers’ wireless networks (including LTE) and made available from auto manufacturers that currently use Sprint’s Velocity system in Canada, which includes infotainment (news, weather, sports), navigation, climate control, security, emergency services and vehicle diagnostics from a convenient in-dash touch screen.

“Canadians want to be connected from anywhere, at any time, and with over twenty million vehicles on the road in Canada there is a strong growth opportunity for Rogers in the connected auto segment,” said Mansell Nelson, Vice-President, Advanced Business Solutions, Rogers.

Nelson adds: “Sprint Velocity will bring to Canada the ultimate connected car experience on the road, with a combination of smartphone, tablet and in-dash capabilities, while also delivering safety features and communicating vehicle maintenance information seamlessly to manufacturers.”

The wireless service is expected to launch in mid-2014 in Canada, but no pricing details have been provided.

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